EM Field Exposure

On the 21 February 2020 Ofcom launched a Consultation on EM Field exposureProposed Measures to Require Compliance with International Guidelines for Limiting Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields. Our own response below was submitted on 5 June, ahead of the Ofcom 12 June deadline.

In summary, the RSGB appreciates the need for the ICNIRP guidelines but cannot support the proposals from Ofcom that are onerous. It is felt that the proposals could result in double regulation and are not proportionate to the risk.

Instead, the RSGB recommends a more appropriate change to the existing amateur licence conditions referencing the 2020 ICNIRP Guidelines. The RSGB will also prepare its own guidance and training to help amateurs follow these ICNIRP guidelines.


The RSGB has also prepared both a Background Brief and a Response Guide for all UK amateurs which you can download from the links below. The first summarises the consultation:

The second paper below is a guide outlining some of the points individual radio amateurs may wish to include in their own response which must be submitted to Ofcom by 12 June.

Thank you to the 255 of you who responded to the Ofcom consultation on EMF which closed on 12 June. Ofcom have now published the replies on their consultation webpage 

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